It only took Paul Scholes eight minutes to score with one of his signature cannon blasts in his testimonial against the reborn New York Cosmos. Scholes smiled, Alex Ferguson smiled, and then Scholes executed a horror tackle on Robbie Keane and was sent off into the sunset. OK, that last part didn't really happen. That would've been too perfect.
This wasn't just a special day for Scholes, though. It was also a momentous occasion for the Cosmos. After months of hyping the reformation of the brand, selling merchandise and giving honorary titles to old legends, they finally fielded a team comprised of aging talents (plus several token academy players...and Wayne Bridge) and played an actual match. With Eric Cantona at the helm, the scoreline certainly wasn't anything worthy of a giant billboard in Times Square, but the mere fact that the club that Pele made internationally famous is once again something tangible and playing in front of 75,000 people at Old Trafford of all places is pretty cool.
Here are some pictures from Scholes final match and the Cosmos' first one back...
Eric Cantona wearing his tie as a scarf.
The Cosmos prepared by going around the circle and learning everyone's name.
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